Deal worked out on sheriff union

Retroactive contracts call for 2, 2 1/2% pay increases

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors on Monday unanimously approved a new, retroactive four-year contract with one of the Sheriff’s Department’s two unions calling for 2 to 2 1/2 percent raises.

Johnstown 3rd Ward Supervisor Jack Callery, chairman of the Board of Supervisors’ Personnel Committee, requested an executive session during the board’s monthly meeting at the County Office Building.

Action by the board followed the closed-door session to discuss collective bargaining for a new contract for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Employees Alliance.

The union represents members of the corrections staff at the county jail, civilian Sheriff’s Department personnel such as 911 employees and the sheriff’s Civil Office staff.

The memorandum of agreement ratified Monday — agreed to by the union in September — calls for the document to be retroactive for a term running from Jan. 1, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2019. Alliance members will receive 2.5 percent raises for 2016 and 2017, and 2 percent raises for 2018 and 2019.

Other provisions of the new pact include one in which the sheriff can at his discretion designate a person to serve as “officer in charge” at the Communications Center on Route 29. The person assigned will be compensated an additional 75 cents per hour. The OIC must have a minimum of two years of service.

Incorporated in provisions is a substance abuse testing policy. A union member can be removed from duty and placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of a drug test.

Certain rank compensation differentials were agreed upon in the new contract. The corporal differential will be 10 percent above the first-year correction officer rate, and the sergeant differential is 15 percent above the first-year correction officer rate.

The clothing allowance will increase for full-time employees to $400.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department also has another union — the Fulton County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association — representing unionized road patrol officers.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at